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Globalization Studies opens doors to unlimited career opportunities. Make yourself invaluable with a degree in Globalization & International Relations.

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Welcome to the Institute for Globalization Studies (IGS), which, among other things, offers a new BA in Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI). The first core course for the new major was offered in Fall 2020. 

  • For information about the Institute, contact the Director of the IGS, Dr. Sophie Raynard-Leroy:

  • For more information about the GLI degree (major or minor), contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Andrea Fedi: To officially declare the major or minor, go to SOLAR and submit the online form.

  • At IGS, Dr. Rosabel Ansari's role is to build and promote intellectual life through events planning. Contact  her:


Virtual Office Hours for GLI Majors/Minors

Undergraduate Program Director, Andrea Fedi

(Zoom link will be sent via email upon request)


GLI Checklist for Majors and Minors

The latest GLI checklists for majors and minors are now available.

Checklists are available down below:

Please note that Degree Works has been programmed to track students' progress towards completion of the GLI major and minor. 


News and Opportunities




Summer 2022 GLI Electives

We're offering two online courses during Summer 2022 Session 2 (July 6-August 16). Students can earn 3 credits in GLO and either HUM or SBS+.

GLI 212 - Issues in Globalization Studies:, Terrorism and Global Security (GLO, HUM)

Terrorism and Global Security

GLI 392 - Topics in Globalization Studies: Global Human Rights (GLO, SBS+)

Global Human Rights


New Fall 2022 Course!

GLI 212: Global Islam, with Rosabel Ansari

Global Islam

We've added GLI 212: Global Islam, which fulfills the GLO and HUM requirements. GLI majors and minors can apply it for any one of the following:

  • Global Interaction Areas: Middle East: North Africa and Southwest Asia
  • Global Issues Tracks: Transnational Corporations and Transregional Institutions: Markets, Institutions, and Policies

The class meets in-person on Tu/Th from 9:45 to 11:05 am.


Fall 2022 GLI Electives

Fall 2022 course listings are now available.  You can find a complete list of electives for the GLI major and minor here. If you have any questions, contact GLI undergraduate director Dr. Andrea Fedi.



Add a GLI focus to your MA in another discipline!

The "Competence in Globalization" focus is a new microcredential that you can obtain through GLI in order to make your MA more marketable.

You can earn a Master of Arts with a Focus in Globalization Studies and International Relations with one of the following MA programs:

Africana Studies

Asian & Asian-American Studies


European Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Hispanic Languages, & Literature


To learn more about this microcredential, click here

Apply online here!


Upcoming Opportunities


International Parliamentary Scholarships

Each year, the German Parliament offers around 120 scholarships to young university graduates from 50 countries. The program runs each year from March 1 to July  31.

The program aims to:

  • Promote relations between Germany and the participating countries
  • Consolidate democratic values and tolerance
  • Deepen understanding of cultural diversity
  • Secure peaceful coexistence in the world.

Applicants must have a university degree and a very good understanding of the German language. The scholarship pays 500 euro per  month and includes accommodation, health insurance, and travel costs.

For more information and the application, visit the program's website.


Fulbright Fellowship

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which is sponsored by the Department of State, provides funding for overseas research, teaching, or study following the completion of one's Bachelor's degree. Students from any major are welcome to apply, and foreign language proficiency is only required for select countries. Please see full eligibility criteria below.

Students interested in applying to be abroad during the 2023-24 academic year should attend a Fulbright Fridays informational webinar this spring. The same information will be presented during each session, so please choose only one.

Click here to view available dates and to register for a Fulbright Fridays webinar!
Undergraduates who will be completing a Bachelor's degree during Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023 are especially urged to attend.

The deadline for funding during the 2022-23 academic year has passed, however, current seniors or recent alumni may apply for an upcoming cycle.


Must have earned a Bachelor's degree by proposed start of overseas experience, but not yet have earned a PhD

Open to applicants from all majors

U.S. citizenship required
Must meet any country-specific requirements

3.0 or higher cumulative GPA strongly recommended

Must apply by the September 9, 2022 Campus Endorsement Deadline

Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW)

This is a two-year program for students at Stony Brook University. The integrated program includes two years of scholarship support (up to $5,5000 each year), a monthly seminar series for two academic years, and a paid internship in a New York-based global organization offered during the summer between the Junior and Senior years. For more information, click

Global Changemaker Fellowship

Applications are open for the 2022-23 Global Changemaker Fellowship—a 10-month advancement program intended to interface and develop a pipeline of Social Change Leaders who are focused on handling challenges in their local communities.

The fellowship equips changemakers with an opportunity to get access to global knowledge, community, training and tools to become more effective collaborators of change and grow their initiatives. The program will select 25 fellows globally aged 13-20 years who have been working towards solving a challenge in their respective communities.

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.

To apply, click here. 

For more information, click here.  

GC fellowship


Exeter Global Excellence Scholarships

University of Exeter (UK) Global Excellence Scholarships 2022/23

Attention Juniors and Seniors: Global Excellence Scholarships recognize high academic achievement and assist scholars in accessing our exceptional teaching and learning, whilst taking advantage of all that University life offers to support their ambitions for the future.

A range of full, £10,000 and £5,000 scholarships are available.

Scholarship recipients are selected on academic merit, an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.2 or highter, and the ability to demonstrate the following as part of the application process: academic ambition; future career ambitions; a genuine need for the scholarship and how this will support your ambitions; a sense of social responsibility and willingness to engage with the Exeter community.  

For full details and application form, click here.

Online Open Day on 16th November - Book your place here

U.S. Foreign Service Internship

Are you a passionate Sophmore or Junior interested in foreign policy? Are you looking to learn more about important global issues? Are you looking to learn more about what it's like to work at the State Department and becoming a Foreign Service Officer? If so, apply to USFSIP. Application opens in mid to late August on Visit this site for more information.


The World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA) Seoul Office is looking for students who may be interested in applying for its Peace Fellows Programme this month. The program will be held virtually from August 9-13. Deadline is July 16th. Learn more here.

Study Abroad!

The Study Abroad program offer many unique programs that give students exposure to language, experiential learning, internships and much more. To learn more about this, visit their webpage here and here.

Peace Corp Prep Program for Undergraduates

Thinking about joining the Peace Corps? Check out Stony Brook's  Peace Corps Prep program. It is a program that will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. GLI courses are also part of the program. To learn more about this, check out the Peace Corps Prep Student Guide.

Spring 2021 Edward Guiliano '78 Global Fellowship Program: Undergraduate Students

The Edward Guiliano '78, PhD, Global Fellowship Program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by engaging with the world beyond Stony Brook University and their local communities. Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences may utilize this award for creative expression, research, and cultural activities for personal development outside of their comfort zone through travel, as p rojects must take place at least 200 miles from the student’s home or the Stony Brook campus. The goal of the Guiliano Global Fellowship program is to give Stony Brook students the opportunity to have a truly enriching, transformational educational experience. For more information, click here.

2021 Humanity in Action Fellowship

This is a year-long fellowship. Fellows first participate in an intensive three-week educational program providing a country and context-specific curriculum that examines historical and contemporary challenges to human rights, pluralism and equality. After the three weeks, they embark on developing civil society initiatives in their own communities. Deadline is on February 14, 2021  at 11:59pm PST. For more information, click here

Note: This round of application is applicable only to GLI students who are graduating in the spring. However,  please check back with Humanity in Action for future intakes.


Dr. William McAdoo and Mr. Ralph Watkins Memorial Scholarship

There are two scholarships that are now accepting applications. Each fellowship will award up to $500. If you are a full-time Stony Brook University student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and can demonstrate financial need, leadership qualities and community involvement, and potential and promise, apply now! Deadline is on February 5, 2021 at 5pm. For more information, click here.


Library Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program for 2021

Looking for a summer internship? The Junior Fellows Program is a 10-week paid internship running from May 24 - July 30, 2021. This is a great opportunity for students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world. For more information, click here


 Youth Ambassador with the US Pavilion

Interested in becoming a youth ambassador with the US Pavilion, and learning about areas linked to innovation and human development such as the environment, energy, health, science, and the arts? Check out this program here

Past Opportunities

Spring 2021 Internships with the History and Public Policy of the Wilson Center

The History and Public Policy program is looking to host interns and research assistants during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interns will work virtually and support the History's Program's publication and digitization efforts. For more details, click here. The spring deadline is November 1 2020



The Edward Guiliano, PhD ‘78, Global Fellowship Program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by engaging with the world beyond Stony Brook University and their local communities.

Spring deadline: March 1 (Projects will take place during the Summer Session or fall semester)

For more information and to apply, click here.


External Scholarship 101 

SBU students who are interested in pursuing nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, attend this upcoming "External Scholarships 101" information session on December 2 2020. Register here to attend this session. 



¡Chile ! Despertó 

Ongoing, LACS Gallery, SBS N-320

Chile Desperto

In this exhibition jointly sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, History Department, and Institute for Globalization Studies, Professors Eric Zolov and Terri Gordon-Zolov present the artwork of  the 2019 protests in Santiago, Chile.

The exhibition continues all semester in the LACS Gallery, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, room N-320.

See an article about it in the Statesman here.


Spring 2022

Book Launch: The Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History, edited by Paul Gootenberg

Paul Gootenberg (SUNY Distinguished Professor of History & Sociology)

Thursday, April 14, 2022

You can view the recording of the event here.

Global Drug History


Paul Gootenberg is General Editor of the newly published Oxford Handbook of Global Drug History (Oxford Handbooks, 2022). With 36 contributions (including Gootenberg's methodological Introduction), encompassing the entire globe, the Handbook is the first major compendium of the "new global drug history," covering some 5,000 years of intoxicating academic histories.

Policy Applications of Climate Migration Research 

Susana Adamo (Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Climate School, Columbia University)

Wednesday, Aptil 6, 2022

You can view a recording of the event here.


Research on climate mobility has increased and diversified significantly since the mid-2000s, in the context of growing awareness of the extent and impacts of climate change on human wellbeing, human mobility, and security concerns. Research results have highlighted the complexity and multidimensional nature of climate mobility and immobility, the intersectionality of social vulnerability, and how different forms of mobility relate to climate adaptation. This talk reflected on the policy applications of this constantly expanding knowledge base in areas such as human development, climate change, and migration, and at different levels (global, national and local).

Climate Change and Migration: Exploring Human Displacement and the Global Climate Crisis

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

You can view a recording of this event here.


This interdisciplinary panel of four renowned scholars and activists discussed human migration and forced relocations in response to climate disasters and ecological plight. Each panelist shared their perspective on climate change migration and their approaches to better understanding it and actualizing equity and justice.

Craig Santos Perez, (English, University of Hawai'i)
Aryaana Khan (Biology, CUNY)
Xiaojing Zhou (English, University of the Pacific)
Heidi Amin-Hong (English, UC Santa Barbara)

CLimate Change and Human Migration: Research and Perspectives at Stony Brook

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

You can view a recording of the event here.

Panel 1

The number of people forced to move—within their own countries and across political borders—by climate change is already at unprecedented highs and growing. An interdisciplinary panel of  Stony Brook faculty members shared their perspectives on climate change migration and their approach to better understanding it.

Co-organized and moderated by IGS Board Members: Nancy Hiemstra (Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Jeffrey Santa Ana (Department of English)

The panelists were:
Mark Chambers (Africana Studies)
Sara Hamideh (School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences)
Gallya Lahav (Political Sciences)
Javier Uriarte (Hispanic Languages and Literature)


Fall 2021

Approaches to Global and Environmental Issues

Thursday, November 18

Environment Discussion

Following the United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss climate in a global context, the Office of Global Affairs and Institute for Globalization Studies hosted a panel discussion with Stony Brook faculty as they looked at globalization and the environment from an interdisciplinary perspective.

View a recording of the discussion here.

Le Siècle D'Or Espagnol (The Spanish Golden Age)

Guillaume Kientz, Director, Hispanic Society of America

Monday, November 15, 2021

Guiilaume Kientze, of the Hispanic Society, discussed his book on the Spanish Golden Age, moderated by Sophie Leroy with discussants Victor Roncero-Lopez and Fernando Loffredo.

transregional ties that bind: men of power and men of learning across early modern persianate asia

Friday, Nov 5, 2021

Mana Kia of Columbia University discussed how societies across early modern Central, South, and West Asia were interconnected thanks to the circulation of texts, people, practices, and ideas. The interaction between men of learning and men of power in late-Mughal India was crucial to understanding transregional familiarity, social circulation, and political formation.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Compendium of the world: Colonial manila and early modern worldmaking

Friday, Octber 8, 2021

Miguel Martínez from the University of Chicago discussed what the world looked like from Manila in the first decades of Spanish colonization. By examining seventeenth-century chronicles, sermons, poems, and urban festivals this talk explored the changing symbolic geographies that emerged in the colonial city, imagined as the center of a new world imagined anew.

You can view a recording of the event here.

Globalization in the year 1000

Friday, September 10, 2021

Yale historian Valerie Hansen discussed her book The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World - And Globalization Began, in which she shows how bold explorations and daring trade missions first connected all of the world's societies at the end of the first millennium. Drawing on nearly thirty years of research, she presents a compelling account of first encounters between disparate societies, which sparked conflict and collaboration eerily reminiscent of our contemporary moment.

View the recorded version of the session here.


Spring 2021


Thursday, Apr 8, 2021


Professor Kamari Maxine Clarke discussed her book, Affective Justice, in which she explores the African Union's critique of the International Criminal Court (ICC) - which African leaders see as a modern version of colonial violence and control. 

View the recorded version of the session here.

sbu alumni panel: microcredentials & international career paths now possible with gli!

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 


We featured three SBU alumni who went from graduating with an academic degree from our College of Arts and Sciences--History, Africana Studies, and Asian and Asian-American Studies--to pursuing an international career. How did they do that? 

To learn how to transition from academia to the workforce and make the world your new playground, come and listen to their stories. Now with the GLI degrees, this path is made easier for you. With a BA in GLI or a GLI focus added to your MA in Contemporary Asian and Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, English, French and Italian, Hispanic Languages and Literature or in History, you will be prepared from the start!

View the recorded version of the session here.


Lecture series: "exploring global environmental (in)justice in carceral spaces"

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

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View the recorded version of the session here.

David Pellow is Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In this lecture, he presents his work, "Exploring Global Environmental (in)Justice in Carceral Spaces."

Graduate student panel: "The united nations' sustainable development goals (SDGs) need you!"

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021 

sdg panel 2021

View the recorded version of the session here.

Join our panelists Fernando Amador, Maria Grima, Jessica Kim, and Xiaoning Wu for a discussion on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.


Fall 2020


Thursday, Nov 19, 2020

Islam and Moments of Global Connections

View  the recorded version of the talk here

Join our panel of experts, Associate Professor Margarethe Adams (Department of Music), Lecturer Rosabel Ansari (Department of Asian and Asian American Studies), Assistant Professor Mohamad Ballan (Department of History), and Associate Professor Eric Lewis Beverley (Department of History) for a discussion on Islam and moments of global connection. 


Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020Julie Livingston Event

View the recorded version of the talk here

Julie Livingston is a Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University. Her work combines history, anthropology, and public health and contemplates the moral conditions, social practices, and African thought. Livingston’s talk on “Self-Devouring Growth”, derived from her book, contests the assumption that economic growth is a foundation of well-being and highlights the economic systems of the southern African nation of Botswana as an example.  


Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020

Alumni Panel

View the recorded version of the event here

Hear from distinguished alumni who shared their career trajectories, global contributions, and some of the grand challenges their particular industry is facing at this time, as well as how people in their respective fields are making a difference in the world.


GLI Courses                                          (Fall 2021)
































GLI Core Courses                                (Spring 2021)

























GLI 211:Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations (Core course)


No prerequisite | DEC: F | SBC: SBS, SPK | 3 credits | T-Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM ET (Synchronous online on Zoom)

Co-Taught by Daniel Levy (Sociology) and Tracey Walters (Africana Studies) 



GLI 212: Issues in Globalization - Global Islam (Topic course)

As one of the world’s major religions, Islam is a significant global influence in politics, culture, and society. In this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of Muslim societies in the contemporary global context with a focus on lived Islam and politics of the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will have a topical approach, and study Islam as it intersects with broader social, cultural, political and economic dynamics over many different geographical areas. The course will be of an interdisciplinary character, drawing from perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities.


Taught by Rosabel Ansari (Asian and Asian American Studies)

SBC: GLO, HUM | 3 credits | T-Th 9:45AM - 11:05AM EST (in person at SBS S218)


GLI 330: Global, Political, and Economic

Explores global social, economic, and political structures and processes. Issues to be discussed include: the changing role of state sovereignty in a globalized system; the social and political implications of a global economy; the emergence of cultural figurations in which local and global trends are fused; the formation of transnational social movements, the emergence of a global civil society, the continuous flows of migration, nascent forms of transnationalism, the prospects for a democratic future; and the formation of a global human rights regime. The course explores these processes from a perspective that underscores the impact global interdependencies carry for people in the daily lives.


Taught by Gallya Lahav (Political Science)

Prerequisite: GLI 211 | 3 credits | T-Th 3:00PM - 4:20PM EST (in person at Frey Hall 317)

GLI 211:Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations

Introduces students to the major in Globalization Studies and International Relations through a wide ranging study of the ways in which globalization processes affect a wide variety of the different human groups and the planet they populate. It is structured according to the distinctive thematic guidelines that inform this Major and pays special attention to global flows, global inequalities, and the role of active citizenship in globalization. The aim is to study the local consequences of global events, cultural process, and socio-economic structures and vice-versa.


Co-Taught by Daniel Levy (Sociology) and Shobana Shankar (History) 

No prerequisite | DEC: F | SBC: SBS, SPK | 3 credits |T-Th 11:30AM - 12:50PM EST (remote synchronous on Zoom)



 GLI 320:Global Cultural and Environmental Issues

This course provides a critical understanding of how environmental problems and conflicts have roots in global social processes (such as culture, community, and political and economic inequality), and how these social forces in turn bear on the ways individuals and groups understand environmental problems and politically mobilize to change them. Specific emphases of the course deal with the links, at a global scale, between environmental degradation and various social problems like violence, spreading of disease, and international migration.


Co-Taught by Liliana Davalos (Ecology & Evolution) and Javier Uriarte (Hispanic Languages and Literature)

Prerequisite: GLI 211 | DEC: H | SBC: STAS | 3 credits | T-Th 1:00PM - 2:20PM EST (remote synchronous on Zoom)


And specifically designed for GLI:

AAS 391: Islamic Feminisms (Spring 2021)

This course examines feminism and the role of women in Islam and Islamic societies. How has the role of women been valorized, challenged and interrogated? What forms of feminism exist in the Islamic world? To explore these questions we will examine Islamic scripture, law and history as well as contemporary culture, anthropology and feminism, surveying global Islamic societies from the earliest days until the present.

Readings will include the Quran and Hadith, Islamic legal rulings and opinions, historical narratives, biographies of women, stories of female saints, female writings, anthropological studies, modern Islamic feminist writings and contemporary Islamic feminist scholarship from the United States and the Islamic world. 

Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing | DEC: G | SBC: HFA+ | 3 credits | T TH 3pm - 4:20pm (in person) |


Taught by Rosabel Ansari (Asian and Asian American Studies)



FIRST GLI CORE COURSE       (Fall 2020)

GLI 211: Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations

Co-Taught by Daniel Levy (Sociology) and Tracey Walters (Africana Studies) 

DEC: F | SBC: SBS, SPK | 3 credits | 


AAS 212: Islamic Pluralisms

DEC: G | SBC: HUM | 3 credits |

Welcome Rosabel Ansari, a new member of the Stony Brook University faculty! Professor Ansari recently obtained her PhD with distinction from Georgetown University. This upcoming fall 2020 semester, she is the instructor AAAS 212: Islamic Pluralisms, which is in coordination with Asian and Asian American Studies and serves as a GLI elective.













IGS Faculty Spotlight

desert  bangkok  good  cocaine

The Desertmakers: Travel, War, and the State in Latin America

Javier Uriarte (Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature) is a co-instructor for GLI 320: Global Cultural and Environmental Issues (Spring 2021).

Bangkok is Ringing: Sound, Protest, and Constraint

Benjamin Tausig (Associate Professor in the Department of Music) is a member of IGS Advisory Board.

The Last Good Neighbor

Eric Zolov (Associate Professor in the Department of History) is a member of IGS Advisory Board.

The Origins of Cocaine: Colonization and Failed Development in the Amazon Andes

Liliana Davalos (Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution) is a member of IGS Advisory Board and a co-instructor for GLI 320: Global Cultural and Environmental Issues (Spring 2021).